Man Shot Dead Near Downtown Sofia on Christmas Eve

A man was shot with a gas pistol and then hit to death with a bottle in Sofia on Wednesday, police say.

The incident unfolded at the Dimitar Petkov market, not far from downtown Sofia, according to Darik Radio.

Police sources suspect the victim was well-known in the neighborhood as a drug addict and pickpocket.

Vucic meets Italian senators

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic informed on Monday a delegation of the Senate of the Italian Republic about the tough economic measures that the Serbian government has taken in an effort to create an environment conducive to business and attract investors from Italy and other countries.

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov Becomes Dad

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov became father of a boy on Saturday.

The news first appeared on PM Boyko Borisov's official Facebook page.

"We have the first baby in the government," Borisov wrote. "The Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov today became father of a boy and treated us on the happy occasion. May the entire family be healthy!"

Czech firms welcome to Serbia

PRAGUE - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Prague on Friday that full EU membership is Serbia's strategic goal, and noted that along that path Serbia wants to revive its economy, and that Czech companies are welcome to assist Serbia in the process.

Nikolic: Follow example of Stefan Nemanja's wise policy

BELGRADE - Stefan Nemanja, the founder of the Nemanjic dynasty, represents a beacon for new generations that defines the direction for preserving the Serbian state, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said at an international conference marking a great anniversary - 900 years since the birth of the creator of a strong medieval Serbian state.